3 Ways to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter

The cold weather has a way of sneaking up on you in Middle Tennessee. One day it’s 75 degrees and sunny and the next, 30 degrees with heavy precipitation, which ends up being bitingly cold. When the weather finally decides to make the shift, you’ll want your HVAC system to be ready, keeping your home toasty and its pipes unfroze. Below are three things you can do to ensure that your HVAC system can properly handle the season.  

1. Change The Filter 

Changing your HVAC filter regularly is an important part of making sure it’s running properly. Over time, it accumulates dust and debris that can inhibit how well your HVAC system is performing, as well as the quality of air it’s circulating. 

How often you change your HVAC air filter depends on your lifestyle. If you’re in a single home without pets, you can get away with changing your filter every 6-12 months. When you own a pet, it is recommended you change your filter every 2 months and about every month for a multi-pet household. These are merely estimations, though. As always, if your filter looks dirty, change it. 

2. Check Your Air Vents

Look around your house and make sure that the air supply and return vents are unobstructed by furniture or anything else that could be blocking them. When these are blocked, your HVAC system is victim to strain, as it has to work harder than normal to operate. 

3. Consider a Smart Thermostat 

Smart thermostats can ensure that energy is being used most efficiently throughout your home. With a smart thermostat, you’re able to program your HVAC system to run when you’re spending time at home and power down a bit when you’re away. For instance, when you’re at work each day. Many smart thermostats are Wi-Fi enabled and smartphone compatible, changing the way a home’s energy consumption and temperature is regulated. 

Weird Noise, Smell, or Something Else Off? 

When starting up your HVAC system for the season, these things can happen. Contact a professional if they occur beyond the initial startup. Hatton’s HVAC Solutions can make sure your HVAC system is in its top condition for the winter months ahead.